"Forbes" releases billionaires list 2010

14:22, March 11, 2010      

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Steve Forbes, chairman, CEO and editor-in-chief of the "Forbes" magazine, holds a news conference in New York, the United States, March 10, 2010. The "Forbes" magazine released the list of Forbes's World Billionaires 2010 in New York on Wednesday. Mexican Telecom titan Carlos Slim Helu took the title of the world's richest person from Bill Gates' pocket, and became the first non-U.S. billionaire to claim the spot in 16 years. (Xinhua/Shen Hong)

The net worth of Mr. Slim, 70, who built a telecommunications empire after buying Mexico’s state-run phone monopoly two decades ago, rose $18.5 billion, to $53.5 billion.

Mr. Gates, 54, chairman of Microsoft, fell to second as his net worth increased $13 billion, to $53 billion.

Mr. Buffett, 79, chairman of Berkshire Hathaway, was third with $47 billion, a rise of $10 billion.

Source: Xinhua

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